Stephanie: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Stephanie

Stephanie

Pronunciation: STEH-fə-nee (key)

Origin of the name Stephanie:

From the French Stéphanie, a cognate of the Greek Stephana, which is a feminine form of Stephanos (a crown, a garland).

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I am 50 and I always hated my name. It was unusual for the time and sometimes other children made fun of me...I desperately wanted to be a Lisa, or a Karen or a Cathy or a Pamela. With the additional insult of being spelled "Steffanie", I changed it to "p-h" and often forged letters to teachers claiming I was my mother and "I changed my daughter's name to Diane"...or whatever. When we moved in 7th grade I simply started using my middle name in my new school-the ubiquitous Lynn. I never met another Stephanie until I was out of school and that was a newborn-named after someone on a soap opera. Then a friend said she knew a guy who wanted to meet me. He had seen a yearbook photo that had my full name printed and told her he just had to meet a girl named Stephanie. We dated once or twice, but I never went back to my middle name. And I wish I had kept the two f's.

Growing up I always had at least one other Stephanie in my class room. I didn't like it too much then, but as I have gotten older I have to come to love my name. My father named me and I think he did a pretty good job--Stephanie Renee. I do agree a lot of the Stephanies I know have the middle name Lynn.

According to Freakonomics, Stephanie is now considered a "low-end" name, meaning it is mostly given to girls whose parents are of a low socio-economic status.

Stephanie, though pretty, is one of those names that makes me think so much of the '80s, like Lauren, Amanda, Brittany, Lindsey, etc.

My name's Stephanie and I really like it because I think there's only one other Stephanie in my high school- which is pretty big. I think it used to be a really popular name but its not anymore, at least for teens.

I had girl in my class named Stephanie and no one liked her very much. I liked the name and thought it was cute before I met her after, well, let's just say I'll never have a little girl named Steph.

Personal experiences with the name Stephanie: | Edit

I was born in 1991 and named after Stevie Nicks. My parents put Stephanie on my birth certificate to have whenever I needed something formal, but called me Stevie from day one. I went only by Stevie until first grade, when on my first day of school a pixie haircut and my telling the teacher my name was Stevie caused her to try to get me to go to the boys' washroom. Mortified at 6 years old (understandably so) and with the knowledge that my "real name" was Stephanie, I dropped Stevie completely in an attempt to get away from the being-called-a-boy incident. Today I wish I hadn't. There were at least two other Stephanies in my class my whole life (the most was 5 of us in one class!), and by the time I had come to terms with being called Stevie, it really wasn't my name anymore and I couldn't switch back. I go by Steph now just for that little bit of uniqueness. So a word of advice to all naming parents out there. a) Name your child what you want to call him/her. My parents regret every day that they didn't just name me Stevie. They wanted that to be my name, but having the other name on the birth certificate gave me the option to change it and now my name is not the one that they chose. b) If you give your daughter a boyish name, while these are cute, please, please keep her hair long until she has really got into school to avoid any embarrassing situations for her.

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I was born in 1980, near the height of of "Stephanie" popularity. My only sibling's name was Jennifer, born near the same time and also at the height of its popularity, it seems. I always thought that Jennifer and Stephanie sounded very nice together. Like they "fit" for sisters. I began to dislike the name when I was 12 or so, and tried to switch to going by my middle name, "Chandell" (Shawn-DELL). It was much more unusual and mysterious sounding. I succeeded when my family moved into another state when I was 16. I currently plan to legally change my name to Chandell (Maiden Name) (Surname), Dropping "Stephanie" entirely.

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I grew up hating my name, because I was always one of three or four girls in my class named Stephanie. I've made peace with the name in my adult years, but still prefer Stef to the full name.

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I always liked my name, although as I got older I found more and more people sharing my name. The one thing that has bothered me is that my middle name is Lynn, and it seems like this was a really common first-middle name combo for a lot of people. I sometimes wish I'd had a more exciting middle name.

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I grew up liking my name but always dreading the nicknames that followed. Stephanie is such a classic beautiful name so to have some one call me Steph or Steffy ruins it completely. The only nn that I think suits my name is Stevie (although I can't get anyone to call me that). Also, I keep reading that Lynn is a common middle name for Stephanie. I am happy to say that my middle name is Christine so I guess I break that.

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I was born in '84, so growing up in Southern Ca., I was surrounded by girls that shared my name. I was always one of three or four Stephanies in a class. Things got quite confusing when another Stephanie would have the same last initial. However, as I've grown and changed areas, I hardly ever come across any. I can't say I'm very fond of "Steph," as it always makes me think of a staph infection or just plain old stuff. Some of my close friends will call me "Stephie" when they're being cutesy, but I prefer the full version for most occasions and think it lovely. My middle name is "Kay," so I don't fall in with the many Stephanie Lynn/es floating around, though I do share a first and middle name with the daughter of a popular '80s soap couple.

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Growing up, I always hated my name, too. Surprisingly, I didn't start running into other people named Stephanie until after I had decided that my name is very pretty and feminine, when I was in my 20s. Now it seems like almost everywhere I go, I run into another Stephanie! I don't mind much, though--I was named after my dad, Steven Ray (Stephanie Rae) and I'm proud of the fact that I'm named after him, now that I've grown up and gotten past when I was really young and used to tell people my middle name was "Renee" because I thought "Rae" was a boy name! Since I was supposed to be Steve Jr., my parents always mentioned that maybe they should have called me Stevie, which I think would have been really cute. When my older sister began having kids, though, I became "Aunt Stevie," which is good for little kids anyway, since it's not as difficult to say. I've never minded any of my nicknames--I'm not too fond of "Stephy," but my little sister is really the only one who calls me that, so she gets a free pass. Overall, I'm happy with it. It's never been a name that I've ever been made fun of or teased about, so I don't see that there's a downside beyond the popularity factor!

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I know a girl named Stephanie. She's really mean, bossy, and rude...thinks she knows everything. But other than that, it's a great name.

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My name is Stephanie. I hated it growing up; there were always a bunch of other Stephanies to be confused with. I hated people misspelling my name all the time with an F instead of a PH, or a Y instead of IE. Was nicknamed step-on-me by a popular kid in grade school, which set me up for years of social fail. I still hate when people call me Stephanie, but have gotten OK with just Steph. I am glad most people call me Mrs. Last Name now. My husband calls me honey. I avoid people calling me by my first name. I would have gone by my middle name, but my mother would never allow it since she hates my middle name (chosen by father).

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I love my name! I always have! (: I only ever met two other Stephanies in my lifetime, so I think it's quite unique. I was named after my dad, Steven Joesph Degerick, and mine being Stephanie Jolene Degerick. We also have the same initials. People usually just call me Steph or Step. My parents usually call me by my whole name or just Steffi, which I hate haha.

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My name is Stephanie and I was born in 1990. Going to school, there was always someone else named Stephanie. At one point there was 4 of us in one class, which got annoying, but I got used to it. I have always loved my name, I always thought it was very pretty. I prefer to go by Stephanie. I never liked the nickname Steph, it always seemed boring to me, and it makes me twitch when someone uses 'stuff' and 'Steph' in the same sentence. I do like the nickname Stephie, although only family and little kids ever call me that since it sounds kind of childish. I did get called "Step-on-me" every now and then but it was always jokingly. My brothers would call me Fanny when they wanted to get under my skin because they knew I hated it. I am one of the many Stephanie Lynn's out there, which kind of bothers me now. I never knew that Stephanie Lynn was a common first/middle name combo until now.
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Nicknames for Stephanie: | Edit

Steph, Stevie, Steffi, Stef, Stephie, Stef, Stepher, Peffi, Stephy, Stfia

Meanings and history of the name Stephanie: | Edit

Stephanie means 'crowned one'

Famous real-life people named Stephanie: | Edit

Stephanie (Stevie) Nicks, American songwriter and rock star
Princess Stephanie of Monaco, daughter of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
Stephanie McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment's Executive Vice President, Creative Development & Operations; both a former WWF Women's Champion and a former SmackDown General Manager
The late Stephanie Mirror, an extremely smart & pretty girl in the famous Mirror Family in England
Stephanie Zimbalist, American actress
Stephanie Beacham, English actress
Stefanie Powers, American actress

Stephanie in song, story & screen: | Edit

Stephanie Plum is the heroine in Janet Evanovich's series of popular mystery books.
Stephanie Tanner from the '80s-'90s sitcom "Full House"
Stephanie Forrester and her granddaughter, Steffy Forrester, are both characters on the daytime soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful."
"Stephanie Says" is a song by the Velvet Underground
"Stephanie" is an instrumental song by Fleetwood Mac, written by Lindsey Buckingham for Stevie Nicks
Stephanie, youtube baby name guru, anastasiaruby

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Smart?

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Friendly?

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